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Davis, Stephen H.; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Planning and Changing, 2012
This article provides an overview of the contexts, the key features, and the evidentiary data--the criteria regarding candidates to engage in administrative work--for five innovative principal preparation programs. Short case studies and cross-case analysis of the sample programs are used to provide thorough descriptions. The five programs in fact…
Descriptors: Principals, Program Evaluation, Program Design, Case Studies
Darling-Hammond, Linda; Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey; Haertel, Edward H.; Rothstein, Jesse – National Academy of Education (NJ1), 2011
There is a widespread consensus among practitioners, researchers, and policy makers that current teacher evaluation systems in most school districts do little to help teachers improve or to support personnel decision making. For this reason, new approaches to teacher evaluation are being developed and tested. There is also a growing consensus that…
Descriptors: Evidence, Teacher Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement
Adamson, Frank; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2011
Students of color in low-income schools are 3 to 10 times more likely to have unqualified teachers than students in predominantly White schools. These disparities in teacher distribution matter greatly: Research consistently shows that teacher quality is one of the most important variables for student success and that teachers with stronger…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Distribution
Montgomery, Ken; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Campbell, Carol – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2011
In this multi-method case study, the authors explore the success of school reform in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), whose school reform combines a portfolio strategy and a managed instruction approach. Portfolio strategy is a term used to describe an approach that decentralizes resources and decision-making to school sites--increasingly in…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), School Restructuring, Educational Change, Accountability
Adamson, Frank; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Center for American Progress, 2011
The fact that well-qualified teachers are inequitably distributed to students in the United States has received growing public attention. By every measure of qualifications--certification, subject matter background, pedagogical training, selectivity of college attended, test scores, or experience--less-qualified teachers tend to be found in…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Distribution
Darling-Hammond, Linda – Education Canada, 2011
The poor U.S. standing on international tests is a product of unequal access to the kind of intellectually challenging learning they measure. While other nations have been expanding educational access to more and more of their people and revising curricula, instruction, and assessments to support the more complex knowledge and skills, the U.S. has…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Educational Change, Access to Education, Government Role
Jaquith, Ann; Mindich, Dan; Wei, Ruth Chung; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2011
Policy shapes practice, and the increasingly important realm of professional development is no exception. To identify effective professional development policies and strategies, a Stanford University research team examined the policy frameworks supporting high levels of professional development activity in four states--(1) Colorado; (2) Missouri;…
Descriptors: Mentors, State Agencies, Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction
Darling-Hammond, Linda – American Educator, 2011
Now more than ever, high-quality education for all is a public good that is essential for the good of the public. As the fate of individuals and nations is increasingly interdependent, the quest for access to an equitable, empowering education for all people has become a critical issue for the American nation as a whole. No society can thrive in a…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, College Graduates, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries
Baker, Eva L.; Barton, Paul E.; Darling-Hammond, Linda; Haertel, Edward; Ladd, Helen F.; Linn, Robert L.; Ravitch, Diane; Rothstein, Richard; Shavelson, Richard J.; Shepard, Lorrie A. – Economic Policy Institute, 2010
Every classroom should have a well-educated, professional teacher, and school systems should recruit, prepare, and retain teachers who are qualified to do the job. Yet in practice, American public schools generally do a poor job of systematically developing and evaluating teachers. Many policy makers have recently come to believe that this failure…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Scores, Academic Achievement, Criteria
Darling-Hammond, Linda – Center for American Progress, 2010
Parents, practitioners, and policymakers agree that the key to improving public education in America is placing highly skilled and effective teachers in all classrooms. Yet the nation still lacks a practical set of standards and assessments that can guarantee that teachers, particularly new teachers, are well prepared and ready to teach. This…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Public Education, Teacher Improvement
Darling-Hammond, Linda; Wei, Ruth Chung; Andree, Alethea – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, 2010
Research shows that professional learning can have a powerful effect on teacher skills and knowledge, and on how well students learn. To be effective, however, professional learning for teachers needs to be conducted in the ways that it is in many high achieving countries--continuously, collaboratively, and with a focus on teaching specific…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Professional Development, Teaching Methods, Teacher Collaboration
Darling-Hammond, Linda – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010
This white paper describes what a student assessment system could look like if built from the principles and best practices found in current educational research and effective educational systems in the U.S. and high-achieving nations around the world. With this paper, the Council of Chief State School Officers seeks to illuminate and enrich the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Research, Best Practices, Educational Principles
Jaquith, Ann; Mindich, Dan; Wei, Ruth Chung; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Learning Forward (NJ), 2010
Policy shapes practice, and the increasingly important realm of professional development is no exception. In order to identify effective professional development policies and strategies, a Stanford University research team examined the policy frameworks supporting high levels of professional development activity in four states. The…
Descriptors: Evidence, Research Reports, Policy Analysis, State Policy
Jaquith, Ann; Mindich, Dan; Wei, Ruth Chung; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Learning Forward (NJ), 2010
This report is the third of a three-phase research study of teacher professional learning opportunities in the United States. In this third phase of the research, the authors conducted case studies of four professionally active states to get a deeper look at the policy frameworks that support professional development in those states. These…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Participation, Accountability, Standards
Darling-Hammond, Linda – Rethinking Schools, 2010
In this article, the author briefly describes how Finland built a strong educational system, nearly from the ground up. Finland was not succeeding educationally in the 1970s, when the United States was the unquestioned education leader in the world. Yet this country created a productive teaching and learning system by expanding access while…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement, Educational Change
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